City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/12/2012

October 12, 2012
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Youth Celebration at City Hall: From 6-7pm on Monday October 15th, the City, its Youth Council, and Lakewood’s Promise will host a “Youth Celebration” to commemorate the City’s recognition as one of “100 Best Communities for Young People.” Mr. Jordan LaPier from America’s Promise will present this award to the City. The Youth Council will challenge young people, community groups, and families to engage in volunteer service. The City will provide refreshments and the public is encouraged to attend.
  • Citizens can help when leaves clog storm drains: As autumn approaches, falling leaves can combine with heavy rains to cause problems. Leaves in street gutters can clog storm drains, potentially causing flooding of neighborhood streets. The citizens’ help with prompt removal of fallen leaves is appreciated; potential flooding will be reduced; and pollution to local creeks may be prevented. Everyone should check storm drains near their property to make sure they are free of leaves and debris, and they should rake leaves away from storm drains and dispose of them with the yard waste. Do not remove the grate! Street sweepers cannot pick up large piles of leaves, so please do not rake or blow leaves from your property into the street.
  • Air Force Commander speaks at “Coffee with the Mayor”: U.S. Air Force Colonel R. Wyn Elder, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, was the guest speaker at Coffee with the Mayor on October 12th with about 25 people in attendance. He provided a briefing on McChord and its numerous missions, and its support of its airmen. He also updated the group on the joint base relationships with the lead role of the Army on command of the overall installation.
  • Sounder Train Ceremony and Service: Mayor Richardson, former Mayor Claudia Thomas, and Councilmembers Moss and Bocchi represented the City during the Lakewood Sounder ribbon-cutting event on October 6th. Sound Transit initiated Sounder commuter train service from Lakewood on October 8th. City staff will monitor ridership and parking levels at the station, in cooperation with Sound Transit, as service continues.
  • City Manager attends ICMA conference: The city manager joined about 2,750 others in attending the 99th annual ICMA (Int’l City Management Association) conference this week in Phoenix. He participated in workshops on County/City relations, public safety management assessment, innovations in professional development, and organizational leadership (with Jim Collins, the author of “Good to Great”). He also met with the Professional Conduct committee, of which he is a member, to review a series of ethics cases involving members, and facilitated the meeting of state leaders among city managers in Washington, Oregon, and California. His term as ICMA West Coast regional vice president will conclude in September 2013.
  • 7th Infantry Division Activation at JBLM: Mayor Doug Richardson and Deputy Mayor Don Anderson represented the City at the historic re-activation of the 7th Infantry Division (ID) at JBLM on October 10th. The 7th ID will serve as an intermediate headquarters between the operational brigades assigned to JBLM and the I Corps Headquarters. Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison, a retired I Corps and Fort Lewis Commander and Lakewood’s first mayor, was specially recognized at the event as a former 7th ID commander while serving at Fort Ord CA from 1985-1987. The Division has a distinguished history, serving in combat during WWII, the Korean War, and Operation Just Cause in Panama.
  • City economic development staff visits four businesses this week: Getting to know our local businesses and their needs is a top priority for Lakewood. This week team members met with a local one-of-a-kind manufacturer that distributes both nationally and internationally, a restaurant that recently changed owners, a recreational vehicle dealer and repair service, and a transportation provider. These companies provide over 150 jobs in the community ranging from entry to masters level. Notably, each business is encouraged by the wealth of resources the community provides, and is committed to treat their employees exceptionally well.
  • American Heart Association South Sound Heart & Stroke Walk: City of Lakewood employees participated in the annual American Heart Association South Sound Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, October 6th. The City’s team assisted with funding efforts in excess of $240,000, with great interaction with other south sound public and private entities.
  • Point Defiance Bypass Rail Project EA Released: Earlier this week, WSDOT released an environmental assessment (EA) related to the Point Defiance Bypass Project. WSDOT will host an open house in Lakewood at CPTC’s Rotunda Building at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd on Wednesday, October 24, 4 to 6:30pm. WSDOT will conduct a public hearing the following evening at the Dupont City Hall at 1700 Civic Drive from 5 to 6:30pm. Citizens can access the EA and related information at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/PNWRC_PtDefiance .